India, March 26 -- The Delhi government will convert 35 community halls in the city into shelters over the next two days for the people left unemployed and homeless by the nationwide lockdown imposed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, officials said on Thursday.

Around 11,000 more people have arrived at the 234 existing shelters in Delhi for the homeless over the last three days, they added. Most of them are either daily wage labourers, who can neither afford to return home because rail and buses have been suspended nor can they afford to live in the city with the lockdown depriving them of their daily income. Many are homeless, who earlier lived on pavements and in other public spaces.

Officials said now that the lockdo...